International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is a worldwide holiday dedicated to UN peacekeepers. Thanks to these troops, it is possible to maintain peace in the most tense situations. They are trained fighters who are not directly involved in conflicts, but are a party to observe the observance of the truce and cease-fire regime. The holiday is celebrated annually on May 29.
The history of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers dates back to 1948, when the organization was established under the auspices of the United Nations. For the past 70 years it has been working to maintain peace in different parts of the world. Observers gather information from places of conflict, monitor truce observance and so on, transmitting data to the UN.
The introduction of peacekeeping troops allows the situation in a hot spot to be monitored by independent international observers, thus assisting in the signing of peace agreements. Every year on this holiday various events are held, the aim of which is to find the best ways to resolve ongoing conflicts.
- Throughout the history of UN peacekeeping forces, there have been over 70 successful peacekeeping missions around the world.
- UN peacekeepers are commonly referred to as “blue helmets” for their uniforms (the color of their helmets).
- The total number of peacekeeping contingent is about 150,000 specialists.
How to celebrate
Congratulate people you know who work in the UN Peacekeeping Mission. Let them tell you more about their work. In what conflicts has the role of peacekeepers been crucial in establishing peace?
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Let more people know about it.
When is International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers celebrated in 2024?
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed on May 29 each year.